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Is CBD legal?

By June 18, 2019 July 13th, 2019 No Comments
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The legal status of Hemp or CBD oil in the UK

To understand CBD regulation in the UK we need to take a closer look at the origins of the restrictions of the plant itself. Nowadays no one would question the usefulness or the effectiveness of this super-plant but this was not always the case. So let’s take a look at the more relevant laws passed in the UK regarding the cannabis plant.

A brief history of UK cannabis legislation enacted over the years

  • 1928 The Dangerous Drugs Act was passed and the first laws on the possession of cannabis were introduced to Britain.
  • 1967 saw The Dangerous Drugs Act (prevention of misuse) in which recommendations were made to reduce the penalties for possession of cannabis.
  • 1971 The Misuse Of Drugs Act, has a restriction is placed on the cultivation of all species of the cannabis plant.
  • 2001 and the Misuse of Drugs Act (regulations) New laws permitting cannabis cultivation under a special licence issued by the Home Office and the smoking of cannabis for research purposes are passed.
  • 2015 The Misuse of Drugs Act (Designation) The first cannabis-based medicine in the UK  is allowed on to the UK market under prescription. 

CBD is Legal – THC is not

As we know cannabis products containing THC are still illegal. A slow and long overdue relaxing of the restrictions of its use has seen a rise in popularity of hemp and CBD oils. Although the law is fairly clear there are still grey areas and some of the more frequently asked questions include:

Is CBD oil legal in the UK?

Yes. CBD oil is totally legal in the UK it is extracted from a cannabis plant that is grown separately and cultivated differently from those grown for drug use. 

Can I drive after taking CBD? 

Yes. There are no psychoactive ingredients in CBD and you will not fail a roadside drug test. It is wise to not to take CBD for the first time and then jump in your car. Even though there are no psychoactive components in our CBD oil there could be minor side effects which you should be aware of before you drive. CBD does not affect your driving skills but you could get an upset stomach which could distract you.

Will I fail a drug test if I take CBD?

It is very unlikely even if you are a professional athlete. CBD only appears on drug tests which test for cannabinoids, rather than THC. These are unusual drug tests and only applied in certain circumstances. Up until recently for example, a professional athlete would fail a drug test as their doping tests were for cannabinoids and not specifically THC or CBD. They recently changed this regulation to allow CBD for professional athletes. For those taking a work based drug test, or a roadside test by police, you will not fail or even register on those tests, because they test for THC which is illegal in the UK and not CBD which is legal.

Is it OK to operate heavy machinery after taking CBD?

Some people may experience slight nausea and/or a relaxed feeling the first few times they take CBD. As in all matters of safety it is best to err on the side of caution and steer clear of operating heavy machinery if they feel affected by it. As CBD is not psychoactive, any relaxant effects are minimal and are mental rather than physical in nature.

Can anyone use CBD oil? 

Yes, it’s always wise to consult your GP before taking any dietary supplements but this is a 100% natural product and should suit pretty much everyone, from children to the elderly!

Can I fly with CBD oil?

Yes, CBD oil is legal throughout the European Union, however, a cautious approach would be wise as your product may be seized by uneducated airport staff. As CBD becomes more popular, this will be less of an issue. From a legal standpoint, you are quite entitled to take CBD with you on your travels within Europe. Before taking CBD to countries outside the EU, it would be prudent to check the legal status of CBD in the destination country.

Is it legal to vape CBD in the UK?

CBD is legal and so is vaping so yes its perfectly legal, but beware certain vape cartridges may contain the terpenes that make it smell like cannabis so testing your vape in private may be wise.

Can I buy CBD in the UK?

Yes. CBD is available to purchase online at this site. We stock a range of CBD products. Please visit our online store to find a product suitable for you.  

I need to know more!

If you have any questions about CBD and/or the UK law about CBD, please contact us and we’ll do our best to help you get the information you need.


CBD or hemp oils are perfectly safe and legal providing the THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) content is less than 0.3%. Its worth noting that it always has been legal in the UK. In fact there has never been a law specifically forbidding the use of CBD. This is because cannabidiol (CBD) is not a controlled substance and no restrictions are be placed on its sale or use. There are many misconceptions about the law as CBD and THC are both cannabis products. In the UK, THC is illegal, CBD is legal.

With all this knowledge we have of this amazing plant CBD’s popularity is understandable. The Cannabis trade association put the number of CBD consumers at 125,000 in 2017 skyrocketing to around a quarter of a million in 2018, with this trend likely to continue. Future research will undoubtedly reveal more and more benefits.

With so many different products on the market dealing with so many different conditions, there is definitely something to suit everyone. If you would like to try CBD, UK laws are no obstacle. You an buy CBD in the UK from our online shop and have it delivered to your door!

Article Summary
Is CBD legal in the UK?
Is CBD legal in the UK?
Many people have the misconception that CBD is a prohibited substance. Far from it! THC is prohibited but CBD is not restricted by UK law. Learn more about UK Law and CBD.
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